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Man charged with reckless driving

A local sheriff’s deputy estimated Dante Mastroianni, 20, of Santa Clarita, was speeding around 100

Posted: February 25, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: February 25, 2013 2:00 a.m.

A driver clocked speeding close to 100 mph through city streets, past Central Park and Saugus High School and through one red light, has been charged with reckless driving, according to a report filed by a local sheriff’s deputy.

On Wednesday, about 1 p.m., a deputy with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station monitoring traffic on Newhall Ranch Road near Santa Clarita Parkway, from a marked patrol vehicle, saw a “dark colored” car approaching at a “very high rate of speed,” according to his notes placed in the sheriff’s booking log.

“I visually estimated the vehicle’s speed to be 100 miles per hour,” he wrote in the log.

The car, described as a bronze-colored 2012 two-door BMW, passed another motorist traveling at about 60 mph, he said.

“My vehicle’s radar unit started to emit a clear Doppler tone indicating a vehicle traveling at a very high speed,” he noted. “I was able to see in the target window a speed posted at 98 miles per hour.”

The deputy said he turned on his vehicle’s emergency lights and followed the suspect, Dante Mastroianni, 20, of Santa Clarita.

He called his dispatcher for help in alerting other deputies to the speeder.

The speeding driver turned right onto Bouquet Canyon Road “traveling at a high rate of speed, estimated to be 98 miles per hour, northbound on Bouquet Canyon Road from Newhall Ranch Road,” he wrote.

“The suspect vehicle was weaving in and out of traffic at a high rate of speed.”

Within seconds, a second deputy spotted the same speeding car on Bouquet Canyon Road pass Haskell Canyon Road. She pulled the driver over at Plum Canyon Road, he wrote.

The first deputy caught up with the suspect and the second deputy a couple of minutes later.

“I asked him why he was driving so fast. He responded, ‘No particular reason.’ I asked him if he saw any other patrol vehicles and he said, ‘No, not until she (second deputy) pulled me over.’”

A third deputy responding to the same call said a motorist flagged him down to report that the same suspect speeder “had sped through the intersection at Alamogordo Road (opposite Central Park), failed to stop at the red signal light, and almost collided with several vehicles.”


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